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The abrupt transition to postnatal life carries with it the requirement for adaptive physiological changes that make assessment of normality and abnormality especially challenging in the neonatal period. With respect to hematological changes, there is no other period of life in which comparably rapid changes in quantitative and qualitative characteristics occur, and the clinical task is frequently compounded by the shortness of the time available for assessment if intervention is to be effective. The newborn may be affected by genetically determined disorders; by acquired disorders, most of which affect the hemopoietic system in later life; and also by the residual
Hematologic Problems in the Newborn.. Ann Intern Med. 1972;77:493. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-77-3-493_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1972;77(3):493.
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